National Post | 15Jul2011 | Orest Slepokura

Varied reaction to Koran desecration simply weird

On Thursday, half-a-dozen died and many were injured after a suicide bomber set off a bomb at a Kandahar mosque during a reading of the Koran, at the funeral for the brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai. As CNN reported: "The attacker hid the explosive device under his turban and detonated it among a group of people who were reading the Koran."

The blast would surely have scorched and shredded the Koranic text and inflicted indignities on the holy writ. And yet it's very unlikely we'll witness mob scenes from angry Muslims, as happened with the publication of the Muhammad cartoons or the antics of Pastor Terry Jones.

Some isolated acts of perceived desecration evoke murderous outrage, while others, amid the carnage, are non-starters. Weird.

Orest Slepokura, Strathmore, Alta.